15th October 2018

Maths: We started the week with our hot task based on the work we have been doing on place value. WOW! We have learned so much and made some tremendous improvements – we were all really pleased with ourselves. Having completed our first unit, we have now moved onto the unit on addition and subtraction and subtraction is already proving to be the more tricky especially when you have to exchange between the different values.

English: As our ‘Marvellous Me’s show, we have really impressed Mrs Hilton with our stories based around the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk to the point that she laughed out loud when she was reading Kyla’s. We have continued to work hard on these, ensuring that we’ve not skipped a few paragraphs and are looking forward to writing the resolution and the ending so that we can present our favourite sections using our beautiful handwriting and also record a few of them to put on the blog. Watch this space!

The best bits about this week are that we have completed our poppies to take to Thoresby for the display that they are hoping to put up to commemorate the ending of the First World War and we performed brilliantly during our harvest assembly – we had all worked really hard to remember the harvest hymns and certainly sang with gusto.

Our Star of the Week this week is Amelia for the hard-working attitude that she displays on a daily basis alongside the extra work that she keeps doing at home to improve her skills. Well done Amelia and keep it up!

8th October 2018

Maths: This week we have been investigating numbers – we have built them with different materials including multilink, place value counters, diennes as well as money.  We have also looked at how numbers grow and how you can write them in different ways.

English: We have been rehearsing sentences with three actions.  This was quite tricky to begin with as we either wanted to include lots of characters doing different things or we only put two verbs together.  After refining and improving our sentences, not only did we create some super extended 3 part sentences, but we also added fronted adverbials to our sentences.

Our Star of the Week this week is Luke for the persistence he has shown towards all aspects of work – he has really impressed with his deepening understanding of speech, 3 part sentences as well as numbers to name but a few.  Keep up the hard work.

1st October 2018

Maths: This week we have been focussing on rounding. We have proven that we are quite competent at rounding numbers to 10 and 100 and have steadily improved our skills in rounding to 1000. The troubles occurred when we were given a number (e.g. 3256) that we had to round to 1000, 100 and 10 but with perseverance we have overcome these difficulties.

English: We have continued to work on our stories of Jack and the Beanstalk and preparing to write our own. First of all, we worked on including speech within inverted commas. Having demonstrated great skills, we then looked at how to write speech based around a drama that we had created. This proved to be a bit trickier as we had to remember the inverted commas, the punctuation, the reported speech phrase as well as a new line for each new piece of speech and is something we will continue working on.

This week we also enjoyed a session with the Road Safety team who played a game with us and asked us questions about different road signs and other things to do with travelling. It was a very close run game and team one won by two moves on the board. It was also European Day of Languages where we had lots of fun finding out how to say flute and drum in various languages including Romanian and Polish because we were fascinated by the languages our classmates speak at home.

Don’t forget to take a look at our video from Friday’s RE Day when we were learning about Ganesha and the celbrations that Hindus have to celebrate his birthday which was on Friday or the one of one of our “Extraordinary me” activity sessions where we are counting in tens using Roman numerals.

Our Star of the Week this week was Alfie for the persistence and resilience he showed to overcome the initial difficulties with rounding and to ensure that he was able to confidently round up to 3-digit numbers to the nearest 10 or to the nearest 100.

24th September 2018

Maths: This week we have complete a unit of work on Roman numerals. After the assessment, it was clear that none of us really understood Roman numerals and certainly weren’t able to create numbers using them. By the end of the week, we had mastered the basics to 100 and even gained success with numbers up to and beyond 1000. This was demonstrated on Friday when we joined together with the other two Y4 classes and completed an Indiana Jones style problem which we had to search for Roman numeral clues and translate them into Arabic numerals before recording them on a grid to decipher the clue. “This is lots of fun,” announced Owen part way through the work.

English: We have been learning the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. By the end of the week, we were really good at retelling the story using actions from our storymap. We have since begun to innovate the story – changing key elements of the story which we are going to use within our own stories once we have worked on the grammar elements related to our targets.

The most enjoyable part of this week was the theatre group who visited and performed the story of The Railway Children on Thursday afternoon. It was so wonderful to have a real theatre performance in school.

Our Stars of the Week this week are Levi and Kayla for the way they performed our storymap work - they took on a lead role and were both able to perform the story very confidently which helped to keep the class moving forward with the performance. Well done and thank you. Have a look at the video of our performance to see how brilliant we are.

We also won the attendance trophy this week as we had achieved 100% attendance for the week. Great work everyone!

17th September 2018

Maths: This week we have been brushing up on our calculation skills as we revisited the operations of addition, subtraction and multiplication in preparation for the work we will be doing this term around place value.  After a little bit of a reminder our addition skills have demonstrated our impressive skills, as have our subtraction skills.   Impressively, there are just a few of us who are still in need of a few reminders of how to deal with exchanging.  After a couple of reminders, we have started to recall how to multiply 2- and 3-digit numbers by one digit numbers and are in a fantastic position to develop this further when the time comes.

English: We have started our unit of work based around the theme of “The Greatest Escape” through the story of Jack and the Beanstalk which we have begun learning and have drawn the story map of.  Next week we will put our retelling of the story on the blog so you can see our fantastic retelling.

The most interesting part of our work this week was the investigating we’ve done with magnets.  We have included some of the photos that were taken showing how well we’ve worked together to discover and extend our knowledge and understanding.

Our Star of the Week this week is Agnes for the way she has really demonstrated the value of resilience when it comes to developing her skills.  After a confusing start to addition using a vertical method, she persisted, using the PV counters, until she really gained her confidence and could tackle both 2-digit and 3-digit additions without using the apparatus for support.  Well done Agnes and keep it up!